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Jungsik - Bar?

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downtownchica Nov 13, 2013 07:27 AM

I've tried googling, but have been unable to find any information.

I was wondering if Jungsik had a bar where you can sit and get an appetizer and drinks? If so, can you order the same food options as are on the regular menu? I see they have plenty of availability for the main dining room, but I was hoping for something a bit shorter and more casual.

Thanks.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: downtownchica Nov 13, 2013 07:59 AM

    Yes, there's a bar, and yes you can order their (new) a la carte menu there, or the Tasting Menu.

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      zeeEats RE: ipsedixit Nov 13, 2013 08:14 AM

      Is there really a "new" a la carte menu? Or are you referring to the "Choice" menu also offered at the tables?

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        ipsedixit RE: zeeEats Nov 13, 2013 08:24 AM

        Right the Choice.

        And, yes, technically it's a create-your-own TM but you do get to choose the dishes you want. I guess it really should be called a pseudo pre-fixe a la carte type of menu?

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          jilkat25 RE: ipsedixit Nov 13, 2013 11:52 AM

          So, ipsedixit, do you live in LA or New York? Or, somewhere else? You seem to have the inside scoop on all the best places!

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            ipsedixit RE: jilkat25 Nov 13, 2013 12:02 PM

            Here's a pic of the bar area. It's a small area and easy to miss.

            You need to go back, have a drink at the bar and maybe another meal! :-)

             
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              jilkat25 RE: ipsedixit Nov 13, 2013 12:17 PM

              YES!!!

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            foodwhisperer RE: ipsedixit Nov 13, 2013 04:46 PM

            it really is a "new "a la carte menu. Initially, although you picked from each column you had to get a tasting meal. Now you can get as few as one dish if you choose to. Even at a table there is no minimum. I was there about a month or two ago, around the time they got a Michelin rating. The chef was in Korea. I thought it was bad timing for him to go to Korea right when the place started getting busy. Anyway, i don't know how anyone can miss the bar, it's right there in front. They made the amuses much smaller portions. That used to be my favorite part of eating there. They eliminated a good kalbi item. A few other changes, but I eat there probably 6 times a year.

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              zeeEats RE: foodwhisperer Nov 14, 2013 07:13 AM

              The galbi is still on the Choice menu, according to their website. That was one of my favorite dishes.

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                foodwhisperer RE: zeeEats Nov 14, 2013 09:23 PM

                it's still on the website perhaps and it is still on the menu, but totally different and nowhere as good as it was. Unless it was different because there was a "stand-in" chef last time I went. The Kalbi was also my favorite dish. But sadly it changed.

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                  zeeEats RE: foodwhisperer Nov 15, 2013 05:26 AM

                  The last time I had the galbi was at the end of summer. I'm going back next weekend - will order it and see if the preparation is still the same (though I'd expect some of the veggies and garnishes to be different now based on seasonality).

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                    foodwhisperer RE: zeeEats Nov 15, 2013 02:46 PM

                    The whole preparation is different, including the way the meat was cut and served. I await your report

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        jilkat25 RE: downtownchica Nov 13, 2013 09:03 AM

        I was there last week and didn't see a separate bar with seating, but we were seated in the far room by the (east?) window. If there is a separate bar, it isn't the centerpiece of the space.
        The cocktail menu makes no mention of bar-sized plates, but everything on the regular menu is essentially "bar-sized" anyway There are only six "Jungsik cocktails" on the "cocktails and aperitifs" menu. We ordered them all (3+3) and shared. They were all great! Apart from a handful of cordials, the aperitifs side of the bar menu is mostly high-end spirits. I'm sure you can order classic cocktails. We didn't order wine, and I didn't bring home a wine list.
        We ordered the 10 course tasting menu which consists mostly of dishes on the "choice" (a al carte) menu, plus several amuses. Everything we ate was sublime! Easily our best dinner in New York!

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          Sneakeater RE: jilkat25 Nov 13, 2013 09:49 AM

          No, there's totally a bar in the front room when you first walk in.

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            jilkat25 RE: Sneakeater Nov 13, 2013 10:10 AM

            I was trying to remember. I vaguely recalled an actual bar but only saw it peripherally, I guess.

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              ipsedixit RE: Sneakeater Nov 13, 2013 10:22 AM

              I have spent more than my fair share of time at the bar.

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            downtownchica RE: downtownchica Nov 13, 2013 01:19 PM

            Awesome news. Definitely going to check it out soon.

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